Time Warner to Carry NFL Net One Week in N.Y.

Dec 19, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The NFL Network accepted Time Warner Cable’s offer to put the NFL Network on its digital basic tier in the New York market for free for one week so that subscribers there can see Rutgers University play in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 28.

The NFL Network does not have a carriage agreement with Time Warner Cable or Cablevision, which also serves the New York market. Both operators have balked at the fee the NFL Network is seeking and its demand to be put on a basic tier.

Over the past two weeks, the network has been wrestling with the operators over the Texas Bowl situation, which comes on top of feuding because the NFL Network is showing live regular-season games for the first time.

“In light of the fact that 75% of Time Warner’s New York-area customers subscribe to the digital basic tier, we have concluded that its offer represented the quickest and best way to bring Rutgers’ appearance in the Texas Bowl to Time Warner subscribers and to make the freeview a reality,” NFL Network said in a statement.

“In addition, we have let Time Warner know, if they are interested, we would extend this same freeview to subscribers of Time Warner in affected regions in Kansas and Texas” on similar terms, the NFL Network added.